The Flesh

Are my eyes blinded by the midday sun
As ruins covered deep in desert sands
Had I seen you would you be the one
To follow now in seeking foreign lands
Face the sun and feel the strong hot wind
Then live with memories and sore cracked lips
would you now bemoan your swollen tongue
And lips so tight they’ll never sink your ships?

Suffering from sights seen with burnt eyes
Miles trudged on aching blistered feet
The things a man must try before he dies
A man who likes to think he won’t be beat
Ale now he needs for his parched throat
And balm to salve his tender peeling skin
And noise to block out his own final cries
The truth of who he is, is held within

Eventually he lies with all thoughts stunned
Those around sense nought but shallow breath
Not conscious now of anything he shunned
No longer pained nor even fearing death
The earth shall then consume his rotting flesh
and once again we view his sun-bleached bones
Now scattered round beneath the midday sun
He went… but left us everything he owns

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In response to a poem by Cosimopiro

The poem, THE BONES OF POETRY begins with the lines:

“A sketch for you,
If you wish,
to flesh it out
and post.”

The rest of his poem remains intact, forming a skeleton within my poem.


  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    Matt I am truly speechless… fits in with my image of the words I wrote….and you have completed a picture here for us to walk the life path in our own desert. Many thanks for taking this and bringing it to life…..and to its final resting place. Appreciate it mate.

  • Thank you Cos, you really inspired this with your remarkably succinct and beautifully written poem on the progression and inevitable outcome of life. Thanks for allowing me to combine our writing like this :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    Awesome effort, Matt!

  • Thanks Mel, I had good material to work with :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • sandra22
    sandra22almost 5 years ago

    A thoughtful and timely write Matt, well done.

    S&ra x

  • Thanks S&ra, you know how much I enjoy being inspired by other poet’s work ;-) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 5 years ago

    an awesome piece matt!

  • Thank you so much Ushna, it’s always a great honour to be featured in CORE, and it’s really special to get two feature banners (I guess one is for me and one is for Cos)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 5 years ago

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    How incredibly clever and poignant Matt
    I’m deeply involved in this piece…

    x x x x

  • O… thanks Lisa, such a lovely comment, so glad you like it :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Magnets-Mirrors
    Magnets-Mirrorsalmost 5 years ago

    this man is a leader and very admirable… really love your poetry…

  • Thanks so much MM, very much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work Matt. I envy that skill…

  • Thanks heaps Dick, Cos really set me up for this one :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 5 years ago

    a man of many talents – nice work, matt! love the way you bring it to a close

  • Thank you Nadine, very kind of you and much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful Matty, I’ve read it 3 times already and it keeps getting better xo

  • Wow, three times is good Lisa, so nice to see you here again, thanks heaps :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

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